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Bullet from terrorists’ gun still in my stomach




Mukhtar Shuaibu, one of the five hostages freed yesterday by terrorists that attacked a Kaduna-bound train in March this year, has narrated the pains he passed through when a ‘doctor’ battled to extract a bullet from his stomach.

Shuaibu said the bullet lodged in his stomach when one of the terrorists accidentally shot him after his noon prayer on the 85th day of their captivity.

According to him, the terrorists’ ‘doctor’ inserted a finger and scissors into his stomach in search of the bullet.

“When the ‘doctor’ came, he immediately put on his hand gloves and put his finger through the bullet holes into my stomach looking for the bullet. He could not find the bullet.


“Later, he inserted scissors still looking for the bullet. I was shouting because it was paining me. Still, he could not find the bullet,” the freed hostage said.

Shuaibu, who spoke during their visit to Mallam Tukur Mamu, publisher of Desert Herald, who facilitated their release in Kaduna, said what was uppermost in his mind was getting a proper medical procedure.

He described the hostages’ experience as traumatic and appealed to the Federal Government to quickly secure the release of the others still being held.

Shuaibu said: “The people remaining in captivity are not in good health condition, especially a woman who is close to 90 years and children.

“We were in the terrorists’ captivity until the 85th day, on a Tuesday. I was sitting down. I just finished my noon prayer.

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“All of a sudden, I heard the sound of the gun. I suddenly discovered a bullet hit me. I saw blood flowing down through my short nickers.

“Mustapha Imam, a doctoral degree holder, who was also a hostage asked me to lie down. They looked for a piece of cloth to cover the spot above my navel.

“Up till this moment, the bullet has not been found in my body and it is not as if it came out of my body through the back.

“The past four months in the terrorists’ den were traumatic. There was no rest of mind because we were sleeping and waking up with gun sounds.”

Shuaibu said the remaining captives, including children and an aged woman, were in a pitiable condition.

He appealed to the Federal Government to get them rescued as quickly as possible.


The other passengers released with Shuaibu are Mustapha Imam, Akibu Lawal, Abubakar Rufai, and Sidi Sharif.

Their freedom brings to 29, the number of those so far freed by the terrorists.

The terrorists killed nine of the train passengers, injured many and abducted 69 during the attack.

Last week, the terrorists freed four of the passengers after collecting a N400 million ransom.

They had a few hours before freeing the four, released a video in which they were seen flogging the hostages and threatening to kidnap President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Nasir El-Rufai and senators.


The terrorists also boasted that they would destroy the country, kill some of the hostages and sell off the others as slaves if their demands were not met.

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Desert Herald publisher Mamu, who named the freed hostages and made their photographs available to reporters, did not say if a ransom was paid or not.

Earlier yesterday, Transport Minister Muazu Sambo said that service along the Abuja-Kaduna rail corridor would only resume when all the remaining hostages regained their freedom.

Sambo, who inspected the Idu and Kubwa stations, added that the process for the procurement of a digital security system that will monitor the rail tracks was ongoing.

He explained that resuming operations without all the hostages reuniting with their families would portray the government as being insensitive.


The minister said: “It is very important to get those Nigerians that have been kidnapped reunited with their families, otherwise it will appear the government is not sensitive.

“The government is doing everything it can to make sure that those who have been affected by this abduction are reunited with their families. I think it is an important step to do that first and foremost.

“Secondly, we must put in place adequate security and infrastructural measures to protect and prevent all forms of threats that are possible.

“Technology can make that possible and we are trying to deploy the best technology available anywhere in the world that has served very well in other jurisdictions.

“We are in the process of procuring the sensors and that is why I said we must ensure that we put in place every infrastructure that will ensure that lives are safeguarded.”

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Sambo dismissed claims that Nigerian Railway Corporation staff members that were onboard the train had been abandoned.

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Ghana is looking to supply Nigeria with its electricity needs following power grid shutdown



LAGOS- With the goal of achieving “100% universal energy access” and maybe exporting electricity to its neighbor, Nigeria, Ghana has steadily been developing its power sector.

During his presentation in Lagos on the second day of the Nigeria Energy Leadership Summit, Mr. Hanson Monney, the Head of the Generation and Transmission Unit at the Ghanaian Ministry of Energy, made this point, emphasizing that via effective policy development and implementation, Ghana has already attained an impressive 80% to 85% universal energy access inside its boundaries.

“So, we are working on all these things to make sure that the power system of Ghana continues to be as good as it is or even better, and then, maybe, we can be exporting more to our big brothers in Nigeria when the grid is finally settled,” Mr. Hanson Monney said

This declaration follows the second national power grid breakdown in Africa’s most populous country and the continent’s top oil producer, Nigeria which resulted in a total blackout of homes and businesses.


In contrast, Ghana is aggressively pursuing a variety of energy sources, including grid electricity, mini-grids, and solar-dominated renewable energy, to attain “Universal access to energy by 2024” as instructed by the country’s President.

Monney agreed that the geographic limitations make it difficult to provide everyone in Ghana with access to electricity, particularly on isolated islands, riverbanks, or lakeside villages. In response to this, he stated,

“So, now, we are trying to scale our renewable energy access, and that is how we have planned in 2022 to scale up our renewable energy program,” he said.

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Financial sustainability is one of the biggest problems facing Ghana’s power sector, as the country struggles with growing debts and the purchase of surplus capacity.

“There is so much debt that the government has to shore up to make sure that the system is afloat because we have procured a lot of excess capacity, which comes with attendant costs. So, these financial challenges require some policy actions to eliminate legacy debts,” Mooney stated.


Monney stressed the significance of lowering electricity prices, particularly for enterprises, since high electricity bills are a major issue in Ghana. “We saw that in Ghana historically. These industries have been subsidizing the residential sector, and it should be the other way around. Industries should remain viable so that businesses can thrive,” Mooney stated.

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EFCC declares Delta brothers wanted over alleged N330m fraud



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared two siblings from Delta State wanted for alleged fraud of N330 million.

This was contained in a statement issued by the EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, copies of which were made available to journalists in Warri, Delta State on Friday.

The anti-graft agency named 55-year-old Faith Onoja and 44-year-old Emmanuel Onoja, both from Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, as being declared wanted by the EFCC.

According to the commission, Faith’s last known address is “Close to Celestial Church, Ekrovie new layout, old Egini road, Orhuehorun, Delta State” while Emmanuel’s last known address is “No 6. Jasmison Street, NPDC/ND Western Estate, Warri, Delta State”.


The statement urged that “anybody with useful information as to their whereabouts should contact the commission” in its offices nationwide.

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Gov. Kefas Grants 50% Tuition Cut for Final Year Nursing Students



In a move that underscores the commitment of the Taraba State Government to prioritize education and make it more accessible, the Taraba state Governor, Dr. Agbu Kefas has approved a significant reduction in tuition fees for final year students at the College of Nursing and Midwifery Jalingo.

Effective immediately, all final year students pursuing their nursing and midwifery diplomas will benefit from a 50% reduction in tuition fees. This decision aims at alleviating the financial burden on students and their families, ensuring that quality education remains affordable and accessible to all.

Dr.Agbu Kefas stated, “Education is the bedrock of our society, and we are dedicated to providing opportunities for our students to excel without the undue burden of high tuition costs. We believe that this reduction will not only support our students but also contribute to the development of the healthcare sector in our state.”

The Taraba State Government remains committed to enhancing the quality of education and healthcare services in the state. This reduction in tuition fees is a significant step towards achieving these goals.


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